MemberPhilippe Forêt

In 2020, Brac University appointed Philippe Forêt professor and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Philippe is the co-director of the multi-campus Working Group in the environmental humanities of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH). Philippe’s PhD degree in geography is from the Division of Social Sciences of the University of Chicago. He went to the University of California at Berkeley for postdoctoral training. Between 2002 and 2007, he worked at the Institute of Cartography of the Department of Civil Engineering of ETH. These past two decades, Philippe has been successively assistant, associate, visiting, and full professor in environmental studies and in Asian studies. His key assignments since 2013 have been conducting research at the frontier of science and nurturing a dialogue between science and society. Philippe has supervised team projects in environmental studies, in human geography, on modern and contemporary Asia, on climate research, on energy and climate policy, and on Sino-European exchanges in the arts and sciences. He has been since 2017 a member of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians University.

MemberDanielle Christmas

Danielle Christmas is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation concerns how representations of Holocaust and slavery perpetrators contribute to American socioeconomic discourses. A recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013-2014, Danielle will complete her degree by May 2014.

MemberHeather Ellis

I am a cultural historian of knowledge, education and ideas. My first book, Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution, won the 2014 Kevin Brehony Prize for the best first book in the history of education. My new book, Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. I am currently working on a study of the influence of classical scholarship and ancient natural philosophy on the emergence of the natural and physical sciences in the first half of the nineteenth century for OUP. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the History of Education Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

MemberJason Josephson

I am currently Chair & Associate Professor of Religion at Williams College. I have three primary research foci: Japanese Religions, European intellectual history, and Theory. The common thread to my research is an attempt to decenter received narratives in the study of religion and science. My main targets have been epistemological obstacles, the preconceived universals which serve as the foundations of various discourses. I have also been working to articulate new research models for Religious Studies in the wake of the collapse of poststructuralism as a guiding ethos in the Humanities.

MemberRobert Heinze

I am a researcher/lecturer in African History, currently at the University of Trier. I am working on a history of urban transport in Africa, using four case studies (Bamako, Kinshasa, Lusaka, Nairobi). Before embarking on this Post-Doc research, I completed a Ph.D. on the history of radio in Namibia and Zambia, with a focus on decolonisation periods, anticolonial resistance and post-colonial nation-building. I am interested in exploring infrastructures in (post-)colonial societies through a lens of historical materialism, analysing them both as material technologies and in their interactions with political economies and urban societies.